Regg Simon's departure less than a week ago has been promptly filled by NAHL Associate Head Coach Ryan McKelvie from the Wenatchee Wild. McKelvie skated in the WCHA for Minnesota State from 2002-2006. He then coached for 2 seasons as a graduate assistant at Bemidji State from 2006-2008 and spent the last two seasons coaching with the Wild.
Coach Shyiak said,
“We are getting an up and coming young coach who will be a big asset to our program. Ryan has all the attributes we were looking for in a coach and recruiter. We wanted someone who had ties to Minnesota, USHL and NAHL and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association.”
"I am very honored and excited about this new opportunity. I’ve always been passionate about college hockey and about the WCHA. I know that coach Shyiak and coach Blair have done a great job with the program, and I look forward to working with them, the players and contributing to the team's success in any way that I can."
There's not a lot to analyze here. McKelvie is young, has roots in a recruiting ground that UAA is trying to crack a bit more often. And um ... they got it done fast; but we knew that was likely eh? This is just a "proof is in the puddin" situation that doesn't really offer itself up for commentary. We'll know how he's doing by the recruits he lands.
Best of luck to Ryan and we hope for a long and successful tenure here in Anchorage. Do you think the first interview question was ... "Got all your frequent flier account numbers ready?"